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UNC Routs UTSA 45-7 UNC overcame a 7-0 deficit after the first quarter to dominate UTSA the rest of the game and won 45-7. The Tar Heels didn't do much in the contest as they only totaled 307 yards, but TJ Thorpe broke the game open to begin the second half. The Heels were only leading 14-7 to begin the second half when he scored on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Bryn Renner, then after UNC forced a punt Thorpe returned a punt 75 yards to the house. At that point, it was 28-7 and UNC controlled the game from there. Thorpe finished as the MVP of the game with 239 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs. UNC's defensive line dominated, as LE Kareem Martine tallied 3.5 sacks and DT Sylvester Williams had 3 of his own. UNC Stats - QB Bryn Renner: 11/18 220 yards, 2 TDsRB Gio Bernard: 14 atts 87 yards, 1 TDWR Reggie Wilkins: 5 recs, 91 yards, 1 TDWR TJ Thorpe: 2 recs, 78 yards, 1 TD Total Stats: UNC - 307 total yards220 passing, 87 rushing UTSA - 183 total yards125 passing, 58 rushing
UTSA scores a TD on the first drive of the game
Thorpe Goes Deep for the TD
Tim Scott Pick Six
UNC got by Wake Forest by a score of 36-17. The offense performed at a much higher level in Winston-Salem than it did last week in Chapel Hill. RB Gio Bernard was able to pound the ball on the ground, carrying the rock 23 times for 135 yards. QB Brynn Renner didn't have much success throwing, but he connected with WR Erik Highsmith on a beautiful deep post route off of play action to seal the victory as Wake to squelch the Wake comeback.
The UNC Tar Heels entered Saturday night's game with lingering questions as to what their true identity was as a football team. Their defense has been stellar thus far, but their offense has left much to be desired as the players grow accustomed to the Spread No-Huddle attack brought in my new coach Logan Martinez. They answered many of them tonight. After falling into a 17-7 hole in the 2nd quarter due to costly turnovers, poor defensive play and a stroke of luck due to poor officiating, the Tar Heels would rebound and score the next 35 points en route to a 42-17 drubbing of Louisville. UNC got off to a fast start on their first drive, as RB Gio Bernard carried the ball 4 times for 32 yards. However, He was injured at the tail-end of the drive and it was soon learned that he would not be able to return. Moments later, Louisville picked off QB Bryn Renner on a screen pass to set up a field goal and it seemed like UNC would be in for a long game without their star. That was not the case however as backups AJ Blue and Romar Morris were outstanding throughout the rest of the contest. Blue rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries while Morris gained 105 on just 12 carries and scored a touchdown. Bryn Renner had an off game, as he threw 3 INTs. But he also made up for that a bit by throwing 3 TDs. The Carolina defense played excellent after a rough start and a lot of that was due to the fact that they injured Louisville's running back D. Brown, who had gashed them for 83 yards on 8 carries before he was injured. Both team's running backs were hurt, but Carolina won because they adapted well to the situation and continued to execute their gameplan while Louisville's offense could never find its rhythm again once they faced adversity. Tre Boston making a ridiculously athletic play to break up the pass: This was ruled a touchdown and the refs didn't review it... Big hit by Gene Robinson in mid-air to force the fumble:
Although UNC fans don't consider this matchup a rivalry, the folks from Greenville like to make it out to be one. Once again, the Tar Heels put the Pirates in their place as they pounded ECU into the ground with the running game and came out on top 38-15. As is starting to become custom, the Heels dominated from the ground led by stud sophomore Gio Bernard. After missing most of the last contest against Louisville, Bernard carried the rock 20 times for 225 yards and 3 TDs. Of those 225, Bernard gained about 140 in the first quarter alone as he broke off touchdown runs of 71 and 41 within a two minute span. Still, the Pirates hung in there for a good portion of the game as their dink and dunk no-huddle passing attack frustrated the Heel D for much of the day. The problem was, they couldn't turn those productive drives into touchdowns as they settled for 3 first half field goals as UNC led 14-9 at half. Just like last game, the Heels responded big when one of their star players went down with an injury. Bryn Renner suffered a strained shoulder at the beginning of the 3rd and was forced out of the game. However, he was a dismal 6-14 for 42 yards and a pick up to that point, so Coach Martinez was itching to give backup QB Marquise Williams some reps. The Redshirt freshman responded in a big way, throwing 2 second half touchdowns, rushing for 50 yards and running UNC's no-huddle read option offense better than Renner has all season. Coach Martinez commented after the game, "Marquise definitely impressed me with his performance today. He totaled about 135 yards from scrimmage and threw 2 huge touchdowns for us. I definitely will put him in the game from now on in specific sub packages. He brings a lot more to the running game than Bryn. There isn't a 'QB controversy' like you media folks like to yap about, but Marquise will definitely see the field in situations that are advantageous to his strengths." Tre Boston and the ref double-covering the ECU receiver: Marquise Williams runs for a good gain off the read option, and pays the price for it: Gio Bernard Gashes the Pirate D
Marquise Williams to TJ Thorpe for a huge second half TD
Precision passing for the TD!! Nice. I still dont get how to post videos on here because I cant get them off dynasty wire. Do you just right click the video?
First, save the videos you want (obviously), then back out of your game and go to your highlights section in the "My NCAA" menu tab. Upload the ones you want to EA Sports World. Go to that website, find the vids you uploaded on your EA account, then download them (it should be one of the options available on the right hand side). Save that to your computer, then go to Youtube and select the files you want once you upload them.
It sounds complicated, but I promise it'll take you 5 minutes or so.
UNC Holds On, Wins 28-23 After rushing out of the gates with a 5-0 record, Tarheel fans felt their team could compete for an ACC crown this year. After being handled against Virginia Tech at home with Gameday was present, and then losing at Miami again in front of Gameday, Heel fanatics and ACC fans across the nation have since dismissed the notion that UNC is in the running for the ACC Coastal Division. They did little to refute that claim Saturday evening as they struggled to put away the Blue Devils of Duke. The UNC offense played well for a lot of the game, but they simply could not convert yards into points as Bryn Renner threw 2 costly interceptions, fueling the Heel fanbase who has clamored for more playing time for backup QB Marquise Williams. Renner did have some nice throws, though his numbers were still below average considering the numbers he put up last year. Renner continues to struggle to adapt to Coach Martinez's offense, while Williams seems to be more comfortable running the no-huddle spread. He performed well in spot duty, going 2/2 for 27 yards and rushing 7 times for 37 yards and a dazzling TD run where he broke a tackle and spun into the endzone. A player who has performed well almost all year is RB Gio Bernard. Bernard made the biggest play of the game to being the 3rd quarter as he scored on a 73 yard scamper, showing off his speed as he blew past the Duke secondary en route to a score to break a tie game. He finished the day with 167 yards and 2 TDs on just 19 carries. Duke's offense performed admirably considering they were without starter Sean Renfree, who continues to nurse a severe injury. Backup Qb A. Boone was lights out, going 17/23 for 222 yards and a TD. Duke ran the ball against UNC better than any team has all season, as their Pistol offense was something UNC is no accustomed to playing against. Duke's defense is what eventually let them down however as they could not force a stop in the final 3 minutes as UNC pounded the ball on the ground and ran out the clock to seal the victory.
Not much to report in this one as the UNC Tar Heels easily dispatched of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 31-10 to win their 8th game of the year. With Miami's close win over Virginia, the Heels and Hoos are now both 4-2 in the ACC and the top squads will clash next week in Charlottesville. The Heels absolutely shredded the Jacket defense running the ball, as star halfback Gio Bernard averaged over 10 yards per carry on the evening. He had one big gain of 52 yards, but the rest of his carries were almost always in 5-15 yard spurts. He didn't score a touchdown as power back AJ Blue scored when the Heels were on the goal line, but the offensive line and Bernard dominated this game from the get-go as he finished with 202 yards on 20 carries. QB Bryn Renner had one of his better games this season, going 11/17 for 150 yards and 3 TDs, along with 1 INT. WRs Erik Highsmith and TJ Thorpe, along with TE Eric Ebron, caught big touchdowns to break open the game. The UNC defense played well against the option attack of the Jackets, as they only allowed 150 yards rushing to the nation's leader in that category. 77 of those yards came on a ridiculous run by QB Tevin Washington as he broke several tackles and made some nifty juke moves en-route to a score. As for passing the ball, Washington failed to produce much at all, going 4/11 for 28 and throwing 2 picks. Washington also fumbled the ball once. UNC is now 8-2 (4-2) on the year and will face Virginia next week in The South's Oldest Rivalry.
#19 The battle for sole possession of 3rd place in the ACC Coastal was an exhilarating one as the Tar Heels escaped Charlottesville with a 31-28 victory. The game was exciting from the start, as the Hoos scored first after intercepting a lackluster throw by Bryn Renner. QB Phillip Sims hit WR Darius Jennings on a screen play, where Jennings refused to go down after being hit in the air and took it to the house to make it 7-0 UVA. It didn't take UNC long to respond, as WR TJ Thorpe took the ensuing kickoff back 97 yards to tie the game. This was Thorpe's second return TD of the season, as he scored on a punt return in the opening game of the year vs UTSA. Thorpe would then score the Heels' next two touchdowns receiving the ball, one for 13 yards out and the other 9 yards, as he continues to grow as a pass catcher to match his explosive ability in the open field. UVA would not go away however as Phillip Sims hit HB Perry Jones streaking down the sidelines for an 18-yard touchdown. UVA scored the last points of the half with a 29-yard field as time expired to to cut UNC's lead to 21-17 at the break. UNC would score quickly to begin the second half as Bryn Renner hit WR Reggie Wilkins on a deep post route and he waltzed into the end zone untouched to extend the Heels' lead to 28-17. The Hoos found themselves down by that same score in the middle of the 4th quarter, but the would not go away quietly. They drove the ball efficiently down the field and converted on a 37-yard FG to close the game to 28-20. The UVA defense, which had stifled the UNC offense for much of the second half, came up big once again and forced a punt with a little over 2 minutes to go. UVA charged down the field once again, led by the powerful arm of Alabama transfer Phillip Sims. He made some big-time throws, and capped off the drive with a 3-yard TD pass to WR Dominique Terrell to close the gap to 28-26. HB Perry Jones would then convert the 2-point conversion on a surprise running play to tie the game with 38 seconds left. That was all the time Bryn Renner and the Heels' offense would need. Renner made some huge throws on the final drive, none bigger than the 28-yard pass reeled in by TJ Thorpe on a crossing route to get the Heels in field goal range. Coach Martinez was wise to have saved all 3 timeouts as they needed them on this final drive. HB Gio Bernard, who only tallied 75 yards on 18 carries, had two positive runs in the red zone to make the kick easier on K Thomas Moore. Moore was iced by UVA, but it did not affect his aim as he nailed the 28-yarder with ease to give the Heels a 31-28 victory in The South's Oldest Rivalry. Player of the Game: TJ Thorpe. He caught 6 passes for 86 yards and 2 TDs and returned a kick 97 yards to the house. His final stat line: 289 total yards from scrimmage, 3 total TDs
UNC found themselves in a 14-0 hole in the first 3 minutes of their game against Maryland, but they rebounded from that to score 28 unanswered and win the game 28-14 to finish the year 10-2(6-2). UNC's defense did little to stop the Terps offense of their opening drive, the TJ Thorpe fumbled the kickoff and gave Maryland excellent field position. They would capitalize as QB CJ Brown hit WR Devin Burns for a short 6-yard TD. The Heels would rebound with a field goal, then near the end of the half they took advantage of a busted coverage on the Terps behalf and Bryn Renner hit WR Jheranie Boyd for a 58-yard TD to cut the lead to 14-10 at the half. Backup QB Marquise Williams would be subbed in near the goal line on UNC's next drive and the Terps expected an option run play. Instead, Williams hit TJ Thorpe in the end zone on a 5-yard pass to make it 17-14 Heels. UNC would control the game from there as they played firm defense and ran the ball down the Terp's throats. K Thomas Moore would tack on a field goal, RB Gio Bernard scored on a 16-yard running play in the 4th quarter, and a 2-point conversion afterward put the game out of reach. QB Bryn Renner had a solid day, going 12-21 for 187 yards and a TD. RB Gio Bernard finished with 123 yards to end an excellent regular season in which he rushed for 1,372 yards and scored 11 TDs. The folks in Chapel Hill are hoping this won't be the last they see of Bernard wearing Carolina Blue in Kenan Stadium.
#12 The UNC Tar Heels have, at times, been very inconsistent on offense this season. No other player on the roster has been more sporadic than QB Bryn Renner, who has frustrated the Tar Heel faithful for much of the year. However, he has come on a bit in the later stages of the season and played much better after his terrible performances versus Virginia Tech and Miami.The way Renner played this even epitomized what his season was like. The first half for the Heels was an absolute disaster. Their offensive line was stuck in the rain-drenched mud all evening, as they simply could not pass protect and run blocking was optional as well. The Heels mustered a mere FIVE yards in the entire first half, as Renner was sacked 4 times for huge losses, passing yards were few and far and between, and RB Gio Bernard could not find any open holes. The only thing that kept UNC in the game was their defense, as MLB Kevin Reddick and LE Kareem Martin were all over the field the entire evening. Cincinnati tacked on two field goals as QB Munchie Legaux scrambled and passed his way to a very efficient first half, though they could not capitalize in the red zone. The second half didn't start off much better, though one of the bigger events of the game took place early on when the Heels injured the Cincy QB Leguax. At first, that didn't affect the Cincy offense as backup Brendon Kay threw a beautiful pass with pressure in his face for a 22-yard TD pass to put the Bearcats up 13-0. It took a few more drives for UNC to wake up, but Renner hit senior WR Jhay Boyd on a 44-yard TD in the closing minutes of the 3rd quarter. That momentum carried over into the 4th quarter a bit as their defense held stout and gave the ball back to the offense. The Heels hit a 32-yard FG with 2:43 to go to make it 13-10 and the onus was on the defense to step up once again and give the ball back to the offense. The Cincy backup, Brendon Kay, could not lead the offense to a first down and UNC got the ball back with 1:23 on the clock on their own 36-yard line. UNC developed momentum on the drive as Renner hit TE Eric Ebron for 11 yards. After that, RB Gio Bernard took over, running for 34 yards on 4 consecutive carries after only rushing for 53 up to that point. UNC did not want to give the ball back to Cincy, so they took their time with the ball. Once they entered the red zone, UNC decided to take a chance in the air and win the game instead of holding on to the ball to attempt a potential game-tying field goal. With 8 seconds left, Bryn Renner made the throw of the season as he threw a dart on a deep crossing route through the swirling rain and connected with senior WR Erik Highsmith from 19 yards out to give the Heels the lead, 17-13. Cincy would have one last play, and UNC batted the ball down that was far short of the endzone to give the Heels the 17-13 victory. The win gives UNC 11 wins on the season and despite the offensive struggles that reared it's head a lot through the season, the Heels had one of their best season in program history. They won ugly a lot of the year and pulled out victories in a lot of their close contests. With a very good recruiting class coming in, UNC fans will have a lot to look forward to next year. If Renner continues the improvement he showed at the end of the season and Gio Bernard ignores the riches of the NFL, Tar Heel fans will have a lot to look forward to next year.
2013-2014 UNC FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW Coming off an 11-2 season and an exciting victory in the Champs Sports Bowl over Cincinnati, expectations have been raised for UNC entering the season. Coach Logan Martinez is entering his second season at the helm of an up-and-coming program that looks to compete for an ACC crown this year after finishing fourth in the conference in their previous campaign. UNC is led by some familiar faces from last season, as QB Bryn Renner returns after having a strong finish to close the year out. Tar Heel fans are hoping the QB will continues his good play and he looks to be in good form after having an outstanding spring. At ACC Media Days, he was asked if he was more comfortable with the spread attack brought in by Martinez last season. Renner replied, "I definitely feel that is the case. I didn't get a chance to work out all the kinks with this new offense last year until the last 4 or 5 games, and by then we were out of the ACC race. I hope to get off to a much stronger start this season, and I'm circling the Virginia Tech and Miami games on my schedule because I want to redeem myself a bit after I played horribly against those two teams last year. That ultimately cost us a shot at the ACC Championship." All-ACC RB Gio Bernard surprised some draft pundits as he returned to UNC for his Junior year after posting 1,459 rushing yards and 12 total TDs last season. He has had a great offseason and coaches are already remarking on how quicker he looks in spring drills. Bernard will again be the focal point of the offense and expect him to be more involved in the receiving game than he was last year. The WR group will look a bit different than last season as WRs Erik Highsmith and Jheranie Boyd, who both made some big plays in the bowl win over Cincinnati, have graduated, paving the way for star-in-the-making TJ Thorpe. The speedy WR made some of the team's biggest plays last season, and is a definite impact player. WR Reggie Wilkins will take over the #2 spot as he is a very good route-runner as shown in the times he took the field last season. The slot position will be a revolving door of sorts as WRs Sean Tapley, Quinshad Davis and Kedrick Davis all are very similar in skill. The most intriguing of the WRs may be former ATHLETE John Kemp, who stands 6'7'' and weighs 231 pounds but also has outstanding acceleration and good speed for a player his size. Don't be surprised if Martinez puts him in on goal-line specific packages and runs fade routes to maximize that height advantage over smaller DBs. TEs Eric Ebron and Jack Tabb form a formidable one-two punch. UNC will more than likely run a lot more two tight end sets than they did last season. UNC is a bit weak in the trenches on both sides of the ball this year as their offensive and defensive lines are not nearly as strong as they have been in the past. The real strength of the Tar Heels lies in the back seven, as UNC returns some very talented linebackers and secondary players. Former CB Tim Scott has been seen playing FS in spring and fall camps, and he has looked outstanding. The Heels will still line him up at CB when they run their 4-2-5, Nickel, and Dime defensive sets, but expect to see Scott roaming the field at the FS position in the traditional 4-3. UNC has a brutal schedule this year as they open at home against a fringe Top 25 team in South Carolina, then host ranked Nebraska and Florida State in consecutive weeks afterward. UNC would like to improve upon it's 11-2 record from last year, but that may be a tall task with a revamped and improved ACC and a tough non-conference slate.
#14 Chapel Hill, NC - TJ Thorpe is know for being a big-time playmaker. He lived up to that today as he took a missed South Carolina field-goal 109 yards to the house to score UNC's first points of the season. From there, the Heels never looked back and controlled the game en-route to a 31-7 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Thorpe's electric return was UNC's only touchdown in the first half as the offense chugged its way to 73 yards, yet the Heels managed to hold a 10-7 advantage into the break The second half was the real difference of the game as UNC's offense finally found it's rhythm and really controlled the game with an impressive display of both running and passing the football. Gio Bernard rushed for 84 hard-earned yards, and the Heels as a whole racked up 144 on the ground. QB Bryn Renner put together a solid performance, going 14-20 for 166 yards and 2 TDs, along with 1 INT. Once UNC started to pull ahead, the Gamecocks completely abandoned the run game after running it rather effectively in the first half. The Heels also managed to injure starting QB Dylan Thompson in the first half, though backup Tanner McEvoy played well. However, neither QB could help the defense as UNC racked up first down after first down and strung impressive drives together the entire second half. A 30-yard TD completion from Renner to Thorpe put the Heels up 24-7 and essentially sealed the victory. UNC will host #15 Nebraska next week in what looks to be a huge non-conference match-up. Note: Check the dynasty website for Thorpe's punt return TD. Dude is a beast.
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